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In Memoriam: James L. Oberstar (1934-2014)

Rep. Jim Oberstar (DFL-MN-08) during a visit to ACPA in 1999.

Rep. Jim Oberstar (DFL-MN-08) during a visit to ACPA in 1999.

Our deepest sympathies go to the family of James L. Oberstar, Minnesota’s longest-serving Member of Congress and former Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (110th and 111th Congresses).  

Jim Oberstar was a tireless, spirited, and effective transportation advocate.   We remember him for his passionate and unswerving support of safe, efficient, and long-lasting highways and bridges, as well as for his warm personality and enthusiasm.  

We recall with great admiration a story he shared about working his way through college by loading bags of cement.   Oberstar shared the story at many events where officials of the cement and concrete industries gathered.   It was a story that always brought smiles and applause.   The story was more than an amusing anecdote; it was a reminder of Oberstar’s dedication, hard work, and appreciation for the nation’s transportation infrastructure.



ACPA Launches New Generation Website

ACPA has completely redeveloped its primary website,, combining the latest digital technology to perform the two-fold functions of delivering content and serving as a resource for conducting association business.  

 The result is a one-stop website that allows quick access to information about the association (including members, affiliates, and staff); membership benefits; industry and association events; and paving and distinguished service awards.  The site also includes industry statistics; breaking news (including industry, association, and legislative/advocacy news); technical and promotional resources; and education & training opportunities.

 Immediately upon arriving at the home page, site visitors will see the dynamic format of the website, which features bold graphics and a snapshot view of the latest showcased items, most popular features, latest news items, and events posted to a searchable web calendar. 

 “The mobile-friendly website features a modern look and employs the latest technology to engage and inform visitors,” said Andy Gieraltowski, ACPA’s Vice President of Operations and IT.


Members-Only Portal
Exploring the site beyond the home page, however, visitors will see much more.   Gieraltowski explained that the site goes far beyond the traditional role of simply delivering static content.  New interactive features of the site will present content dynamically and allow members to participate in committee/task force business online through a revamped members-only portal.  The portal includes functionality that allows members to communicate with each other and share resources. 

“The ACPA members-only portal, will allow association members, staff, and affiliates to connect, collaborate, and engage in association business activities online,” he said. 

Other Major Improvements  
Site visitors also will be able to enjoy the benefits of:

  • Improved ease-of-access—Faster and easier access to a wide range of information concerning the association, the concrete pavement industry, upcoming events, news, and resources.
  • Searchable content—A search field on the home page allows quick access to content.  By typing key words or phrases immediately to the right of the search icon on the home page, visitors can retrieve a wealth of information and resources.
  • Social media integration—Members and other site visitors can quickly connect with ACPA’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube channels.   Using these and other social media channels, they also can post links and comments about individual items of interest to colleagues, customers, agencies/owners, and others in the transportation-construction community.
  • Cross-platform compatibility­—The website is fully functional with Windows, Macintosh, and other operating systems.   This allows seamless access using a wide range of digital devices, including PC’s, smartphones (iPhone and Droid), tablets, and other digital devices.

Members-Only Benefits
In addition to the features described above, ACPA members can log-in and visit the ‘online benefits’ section to enjoy a wide range of benefits available exclusively to members.   A few examples include:

  • Technical recommendations or other support from ACPA experts.
  • Collaboration with ACPA Committee and Task Force members.
  • Timely news about the association and industry, including some members-only news and information.
  • Updates and involvement in government affairs and other advocacy activities.
  • Networking and connecting with the concrete paving community.
  • Accessing member-company and individual contact information.
  • Obtaining discounted rates on event registrations, education & training, software and other digital resources, and literature.

Featured ACPA Web App: AirCost LCCA

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 AirCost® is a life-cycle analysis tool for airport pavement maintenance. The program allows users to analyze and document airport pavement cost activities, as well as to do scenario analyses for future needs and cost requirements.

User interface shows the four major components of AirCost.

User interface shows the four major components of AirCost.

The program is comprised of four main components: (1) Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Parameter Specification, (2) Scenario Alternatives Analysis, (3) Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Simulation, and (4) Viewing Simulation Results.

Help documentation included in the downloadable “ZIP” file contains step-by-step instructions and tips to demonstrate the functionality and capability of AirCost, and more generally, to support the use of the program.   

The program is  a Microsoft Excel app, and is designed for Windows XP (or later) operating systems.   Users must have Microsoft Excel 2003 (or later versions) to run the program. 

ACPA’s Roadway Concrete Pavement Design Workshop

Flyer Registration 

Don’t miss ACPA’s Roadway Concrete Pavement Design Workshop, May 14 and 15, 2014 at ACPA Headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois. This course will provide practical training on concrete pavement thickness design for roadways. This course presents practical information about pavement design, while also linking pavement design theory and practice with pavement construction. Participants also will have the opportunity to discuss pavement design problems, as well as to do hands-on training with state-of-the-practice software and other tools.

About the Program
The focus of this workshop is concrete pavement design, but also will emphasize the interdependence of design and construction. Upon completing this workshop, participants will know which design software and tools to use for a given project and will be able to design better performing and more cost-efficient concrete pavements.


  • ACPA’s Robert Rodden, P.E., will present pavement design fundamentals and in-depth training on concrete pavement design using real-world design challenges. Discussions will cover common jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP) thickness design methods for over-the-road traffic, and how these methods compare; types of concrete pavement overlays and concrete overlay design; and more. With a solid foundation of these key considerations, Rodden also provide hands-on training using ACPA’s roadway thickness design software (StreetPave and WinPAS), as well as other pavement design resources. 
  • Kelly Steeves, Leica Geosystems, who will cover recent and emerging construction equipment innovations. 
  • Ing. Juan Pablo Covarrubias, TCPavements, and Nigel Parkes, PNA Construction Technologies, Inc., who will cover the short-slab design approach using OptiPave™ system, as well as a demo of the software program. 

Your Registration Includes $600 in Complimentary Software!
Participants of the workshop will receive complimentary copies of ACPA’s StreetPave 12 and WinPAS 12 software (a $600 value).

Professional Development Hours
ACPA will award up to thirteen (13) professional development hours (PDH’s) to participants who complete this workshop. The award of PDH’s is intended for states/provinces that allow self-reporting, but in all cases, participants interested in the award of PDH’s should check with local licensing organizations for specific requirements prior to registering and participating in this workshop.

Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for pavement design professionals, engineers, consultants, contractors, professors and other instructors, and other industry professionals who may have an interest in pavement design and/or the benefits and effects of proper pavement design on other aspects of pavement construction. A basic understanding of concrete pavement design and construction methods is helpful to this workshop. Much of the discussion will be advanced and assume prior knowledge on common concrete pavement engineering factors and considerations.

Location, Date, and Times
This comprehensive training event will be held at ACPA’s Rosemont, Illinois-headquarters, located approximately 1 mile east of O’Hare International Airport at 9450 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, Illinois. (Look for signs to the third floor conference room, or stop by ACPA’s suite #150 for assistance.) The event begins with registration at 9 a.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, May 14, and continues through 2:30 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, May 15.

Registration Rates
Government Employee (See note 1) … $550
ACPA Member (See note 2) … $775
Non-Member … $925


(Note 1) Special pricing is available for federal, state, municipal, county, or equivalent government agencies, as well as active-duty and civilian employees of the Department of Defense, including all branches of the military. Discounts for government employees are subject to verification. If you are a government employee please email Debbie Becker ( ) with the subject line “Design Workshop: Government Discount” to obtain instructions on how to receive your discount.
(Note 2) ACPA members in good standing are eligible for a discounted workshop registration rate. To secure the discounted rate, please log in using your email address and unique password. If you have registered for events online previously, your password will be the same as you set up originally. If you have not registered for events online, simply enter your email, and then, create a unique password.

ACPA, Barrett Equipment Announce Members-Only Benefit

The American Concrete Pavement Association and Barrett Equipment Inc., Cary, Ill., announce an exclusive benefit to ACPA contractor members and others interested in purchasing previously owned concrete pavement equipment and accessories.                                                                                        

The Concrete Yard allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website.

The Concrete Yard allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website.

ACPA members who are registered on contractor-to-contractor equipment website, “The Concrete Yard” will receive exclusive emails that list used equipment and accessories ahead of their scheduled postings to the site.  This service allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website. 

To take advantage of this special program, ACPA members should click on the special banner on the ACPA website, or alternatively, check the link on the Member Benefits section of the new website.   

About the Concrete Yard
 “The Concrete Yard” is a portal for contractor-to-contractor negotiated sales of concrete plants; slipform and form-riding paving equipment; placers and trimmers; concrete paving forms; conveyors and dust-control systems; and stringline equipment and accessories.

The portal is well organized and easy to navigate.   Sellers pay no listing fees, and may simply contact “The Yard” with equipment listings.  Barrett recommends providing as much information as possible, noting that the best listings include “the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  This includes:

  • Company info and contact(s).
  • Equipment specifications.
  • Maintenance & repair records.
  • Build sheet, if available.
  • Photos and videos, if available.

Buyers simply log in, then browse the site for current machine and accessory listings.   Interested buyers complete a quick query, and then, Barrett provides an excellent breadth and depth of information, including:

  • Information about the current owner.
  • Where the machine/accessory is located.
  • The means to speak with the operator or mechanic.
  • The cost of the equipment with minimal mark up.
  • The ability to submit reasonable offers.
  • The ability to find the best possible freight rates.

Prior to making an offer on equipment/accessories, buyers are asked to be fully aware of terms and conditions of “The Yard,” which are available upon request.

About Barrett Equipment
Equipment Inc. is a fourth generation family owned business which sells concrete paving equipment. The company created “The Yard” with the vision of halting the devaluation of the used concrete-equipment market, and to give contractors and ready mix producers the best options available when buying and selling concrete equipment. 

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